Four things you should do the night before a job interview

As a seasoned recruiter who has worked in the industry for years recruiting both casuals and full-time staff through one-on-one interviews, group interviews and direct recruitment… it’s safe to say I have learned a few things along the way to pass on to anyone who is freaking out about their next interview.

So let's get started and get you that job! 

Four things to know about a job interview
Let’s Investigate, Sherlock

As recruiters, we know you’ve probably applied for a number of roles (and that’s ok!) but we also need to know that you cared enough to research the company and know what you’re getting yourself into.

  • What is the company about? 
  • Are they a part of a parent company? 
  • What role does your job play in the grand scheme of their operations? 
  • What are their values? How do they align with yours?
  • How do you think they could improve the current way of business?

This research could be the difference between you and the other remaining candidate.

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Prepare Your Answers

The questions you’ll be asked during interview will likely be similar to the ones you’ve had in the past. So have a think of your past experience and prepare anecdotes to share from your previous roles.

Depending on the role, some frequent interview questions are:

  • How have you set strategies to hit targets in the past?
  • How have you managed an employee that wasn’t reaching their targets?
  • How did you overcome challenges to ensure you reached your KPI's?
  • What was it about the role that sparked your interest?
  • Provide an example of when you had an upset client and how you diffused the situation and still succeeded?
Your Turn To Ask Questions

The biggest mistake a candidate can make is NOT asking questions at the end of the interview. This is your chance to turn the table and assess whether this role and manager is the right fit for you! Always have 5 to 6 questions prepared in case a few of them are answered during the interview. Here are some fantastic questions to get you started: 

  • What is the team and organisational culture like?
  • What is the management style of the direct manager?
  • What is the salary range for the role?
  • Is there career progression in the role or company?
  • Why has this position become available?
  • What skills or traits does the ideal candidate have?
  • What does a standard day in this role look like?
  • What are the benefits in working for your organisation?
  • What are the work-life balance initiatives/WFH arrangements?
Practice Makes Perfect!

Now let's put it all together!

Nothing will prepare you faster than a mock interview with someone you trust or even just in the mirror! Start by introducing yourself, then go through the interview questions one by one.

Take notice in the way you are presenting - is your voice loud enough? Are you smiling? How's your body language? 

You never know, while practicing you may think of a question or past job experience that you hadn’t thought before.

Go on, you've got this!

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